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Governor Holcomb Addresses Indiana’s Health Crisis

December 10, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Today, Gov. Holcomb addressed the youth tobacco-use crisis and announced his plans to combat it at the statehouse. In response to the announcement of this legislative agenda, Bryan Hannon, Indiana government relations director for American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) released the following statement.

 

“ACS CAN is pleased that Gov. Holcomb is urging action to address the drastic increase in e-cigarette use among Hoosier youth. In the last two years, nearly 35,000 Indiana kids have used e-cigarettes, so it is important for lawmakers to heed this call to action and pass a comprehensive and well-enforced Tobacco 21 policy that protects our youth.   

 

“Raising the age of sale for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21 is one component of a comprehensive strategy to reduce tobacco use and protect kids from a lifetime of addiction. Make no mistake—reducing Indiana’s tobacco burden will take years of hard work and we will continue to advocate for a comprehensive policy approach to Indiana’s tobacco crisis, including increased funding for tobacco prevention programs and a $2.00 cigarette tax increase.

 

“The tobacco industry has long targeted Hoosier kids, leaving Indiana with one of the nation’s highest smoking rates and wreaking havoc on the health of more than 11,000 Hoosier families each year. Inaction is no longer an option, so we are eager to work with Gov. Holcomb and legislative leaders to commence this important work, starting with a strong Tobacco 21 law next year that includes clear protocol for strong retailer enforcement.”

 

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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, visit www.fightcancer.org.

 

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